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Mike Hall

I’m a former West Virginia newspaper reporter, staff writer for the United Mine Workers Journal and managing editor of the Seafarers Log. I came to the AFL- CIO in 1989 and have written for several federation publications, focusing on legislation and politics, especially grassroots mobilization and workplace safety. When my collar was still blue, I carried union cards from the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, American Flint Glass Workers and Teamsters for jobs in a chemical plant, a mining equipment manufacturing plant and a warehouse. I’ve also worked as roadie for a small-time country-rock band, sold my blood plasma and played an occasional game of poker to help pay the rent. You may have seen me at one of several hundred Grateful Dead shows. I was the one with longhair and the tie-dye. Still have the shirts, lost the hair.

Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers Move Closer to $10.10 an Hour

The more than 200,000 food service, cleaning and other low-wage workers employed by federal contractors across the nation are closer to getting a raise to $10.10 an hour. The Labor Department today issued a proposed rule to implement President Barack Obama’s February executive order requiring federal service and construction contractors to pay workers a minimum of $10.10 an hour.

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L.A. Mayor Garcetti Tells Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) with mebmers of AFM Local 47

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is listening up, and wants Lionsgate and other film production companies that take taxpayer dollars but send musicians’ jobs overseas to do the same.

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California Ruling Ignores Real Factors Behind School Performance

Earlier this week in a suit financed and backed by corporate and wealthy benefactors—including those with investments in charter schools and educational technology—a California judge ruled that the state’s teacher tenure and seniority-based layoff statues were unconstitutional.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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With Jobless Help Expired, Gary and 3 Million Others are Desperate for Help

Photo by Josh Goldstein

Gary, of Bordentown, N.J., is supporting his disabled wife and their 11-year-old sons by racking up high-interest credit card debt and depleting their life savings. He is one of the more than 3 million workers who have been cut off from unemployment insurance since House Republicans allowed emergency help for jobless workers to expire at the end of last year. 

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Without Highway Bill, 700,000 Jobs at Risk

Washington  State DOT photo

If Congress doesn’t act soon, more than 700,000 middle class jobs building the nation’s highways, bridges and transit systems will be at risk. While the legislation authorizing the spending for those vital projects doesn’t expire until Sept. 30, the Highway Trust Fund that helps states pay for transportation construction and upkeep is running out of money and layoffs could begin later next month.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Moral Monday’s Focus on Education Gets Lawmaker’s Attention

Photo via Hannah Rose Mendoza's facebook page

More than 1,000 North Carolinians called on the state legislature to restore funding for public school students’ education and to back off its attack on teachers’ rights and its support of school privatization in a Moral Monday rally at the state Capitol in Raleigh.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Teachers at Chávez Academy Bargain First Contract

CCA ACTS photo

The more than 130 education professionals who work at the César Chávez Academy (CCA), the largest charter school in Detroit, reached their first collective bargaining agreement last week. The teachers, counselors and social workers are members of The César Chávez Academy Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff (CCA ACTS).

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